‘Tis the season for visits from family and friends so don’t forget to deck your halls. To inspire you, here are 12 of our favourite things (most of them local) for making a cozy and welcoming home.
Looking for gift ideas? These are absolutely perfect for gift giving! They are almost all local, and are guaranteed to spruce up any space.
1. The Cabin Wreath by Roots & Wildflowers
Your holiday first impression starts at the door. Hang this jolly locally made wreath by Roost & Wildflowers and greet your guests with the seasonal scents of cedar and cinnamon.
2. Handmade Glasses by Artech Studios
Up your bartending game by serving your guests from the clever and crafty glasses made at Artech Glass Blowing Studios.
Adorned with designs and phrases that evoke nothing but the true north, these gorgeous glasses will show off your interest in locally made Canadiana.
3. Wooden Bowl by Haliburton Forest
Sticking with the local and one-of-a-kind theme, consider putting out your snacks in a unique wooden bowl from The Haliburton Forest wood shop. Just as no two trees are identical, neither are these gorgeous dishes. This is perfect to give as a host gift or as a gift to put under the tree. We are totally in love with these; in fact we have one in our studio!
4. Card Table by District Eight
One of the best things about the holiday season is the unscheduled time for leisure activities, and what’s better than a family-and-friendly game of poker? Forget that shaky folding table. District Eight’s version has a leather playing surface set into hard-fumed oak with a shallow groove to hold your chips. To top it off, the heavy cast iron pedestal base keeps everything in place, no matter how heated your hand. Want one? Let us know and we’ll order it for you.
5. Chaos Theory Rug by Jaipur
Each rug produced by Jaipur’s weavers is a reflection of the values of founder NK Chaudhary: that the pursuit of profit might also benefit the weavers, artisans, suppliers, and employees, and all of their families, too. This family-run business has a strong social responsibility ethos that’s very much keeping with the holiday spirit. Oh, and their products are divine. Imagine the effect on your sitting room of the subtle water and storm tones in their Chaos Theory rug by Kavi.
6. Ping Pong Table by District Eight
A house full of people can be exhausting but you don’t have to settle for parking the kids in front of a videogame console. Have them burn off those holiday sweets at this handsome ping pong table by District Eight. Like all their products, this piece is fashioned from reclaimed materials and styled to enhance your rec room.
7. Rainforest Chandelier by Currey & Company
They say lighting is everything but we say this Currey & Company chandelier is everything! With a shape reminiscent of antlers covered with twinkly bulbs this is the light to install over the holidays, but it’s no once-per-year fixture. Once you’ve packed away all the decorations for another year, you’ll likely notice the design strongly resembles branches—a gorgeous, striking way to bring the outdoors in.
8. Clarissa Swivel Chair from Vogel by Chervin
When choosing seating, you’ve got to balance form and function with comfort and décor—a task that can be tricky at the best of times. Enter the Clarissa swivel chair. Designed by Vogel by Chervin, this chair is a classic design, and comes hundreds of covers and finishes. Each chair is handmade and crafted to suit your style. Want one? Vogel by Chervin isn’t available in stores, but let us know and we’ll order one for you.
9. Lee Jofa Antlers Pillow by Kravet
One of the easiest ways to change or refresh the look of a room is with new pillows. With more than 45,000 fabrics to choose from, Kravet is a leader in the interior design industry, offering the widest range of colours, patterns, textures and styles. With its seasonal reds and outdoorsy print, Lee Jofa’s Antlers fabric is a fresh, wintery choice. Stop by the new ACM Designs studio to flip through our fabric books.
10. Horse Blankets by Neil Sternberg
There’s nothing like original art to show off your personal style. Consider this captivating winter scene Horse Blankets painted by Neil Sternberg where even the horses are cozy. Checkout work by Neil and other talented local artists at The Ethel Curry Gallery.
11. Shuffleboard Table by District Eight
Even if the kids hog the ping pong, the adults will have their own diversion with this gameboard by District Eight. Shuffleboard is low impact but high entertainment. Not to mention, it’s a great way to burn off that turkey dinner!
12. Consultation with ACM
Good design isn’t for one season only—it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Book a consultation with ACM Designs and treat yourself to the space you’ve been dreaming of.
From our home to yours, ACM Designs wishes you all a happy holiday season.